Dara S. Berger, PhD, MPH, MS

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact information
PENN Fertility Care
3701 Market Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-5202
Education:
BA (Biology; minor, Chemistry, Sociology, Sports Medicine)
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2001.
MPH (Division of Public Health)
University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2003.
PhD (Human Genetics)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2006.
MS (Clinical Embryology & Andrology)
Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, 2009.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Oocyte retrieval, insemination, fertilization assessment, morphology grading, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, embryo transfer, cryopreservation including both oocyte and embryo vitrification, trophectoderm biopsy.

Description of Research Expertise

Sequencing, genotyping, haplotype and diplotype analysis, Western blot, histology including immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization, cDNA cloning, ICM biopsy

Selected Publications

Berger DS, Hoff HS: Principals of IVF Laboratory Practice. Cambridge University Press. Markus H.M. Montag and Dean E. Morbeck (eds.). Chapter 27:181-186, May 2017.

Buyuk E, Asemota OA, Merhi Z, Charron MJ, Berger DS, Zapantis A, Jindal SK : Serum and follicular fluid monocyte chemotactic protein-1 levels are elevated in obese women and are associated with poorer clinical pregnancy rate after in vitro fertilization: a pilot study. Fertil Steril 107(3):632-640.e3, March 2017.

Berger DS, Zapantis A, Merhi Z, Younger J, Polotsky AJ, Jindal SK: Embryo quality but not pronuclear score is associated with clinical pregnancy following IVF. J Assist Reprod Genet 31(3):279-83, 2014.

Berger DS, Merhi Z, Hogge WA, Ferrell RE: Mannose binding lectin genotypes are not associated with increased risk of unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. J Assist Reprod Genet 30(5):723-7, 2013.

Merhi Z, Keltz J, Zapantis A, Younger J, Berger DS, Lieman HJ, Jindal SK, Polotsky AJ: Male adiposity impairs clinical pregnancy rate by in vitro fertilization without affecting day 3 embryo quality. Obesity 21(8):1608-12, 2013.

Merhi Z, Zapantis A, Berger DS, Jindal SK: Determining an anti-mullerian hormone cutoff level to predict clinical pregnancy following in vitro fertilization in women with severely diminished ovarian reserve. J Assist Reprod Genet 30(10):1361-5, 2013.

Merhi Z, Buyuk E, Berger DS, Zapantis A, Israel DD, Chua S Jr, Jindal S: Leptin suppresses anti-Mullerian hormone gene expression through the JAK2/STAT3 pathway in luteinized granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF. Hum Reprod 28(6):1661-9, 2013.

Jindal S, Greenseid K, Berger DS, Santoro N, Pal L: Impaired Gremlin 1 (GREM1) expression in cumulus cells in young women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). J Assist Reprod Genet 29:159-162, 2012.

Berger DS, Ladd AN: Repression of nuclear CELF activity can rescue CELF-regulated alternative splicing defects in skeletal muscle models of myotonic dystrophy. PLoS Curr 4:RRN1305, 2012.

Berger DS, Moyer M, Kliment GM, van Lunteren E, Ladd AN: Expression of a Dominant Negative CELF Protein In Vivo Leads to Altered Muscle Organization, Fiber Size, and Subtype. PLoS One 6:e19274, 2011.

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Last updated: 09/18/2017
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